Goshen scores key area win over Zion Chapel, 3-2

Published 11:00 pm Friday, March 22, 2013

Just a few days after getting roughed up in a tournament at Luverne, the Goshen Eagles responded by rallying for a win against rival Zion Chapel.

The Eagles scored the game winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to knock off the Rebels 3-2 for a big area win.

Goshen head coach Robby Kinsaul said the team showed tremendous heart to be able to score the win.

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“We did a lot of the little things well tonight,” said Kinsaul. “We made a few mistakes but not as many. They kids never gave up, and really proved that they will fight.”

Sophomore Grant Hughes found himself down 1-2, with the winning run on third base in the bottom of the seventh.

Hughes was able to battle back, and bring the count full, before drawing the walk.

On the fourth ball pitch, the ball got away from the Zion Chapel catcher to bring in the winning run.

“Grant showed a lot in that last at bat,” said Kinsaul. “He battled back to get the win for us.”

The win was key for the Eagles in that they will see the same Zion Chapel team on Saturday for the second leg of the weekend series.

“They will be fired up and ready to play,” said Kinsaul. “They feel like they let one get away, and want to win bad. It is always good to get the first one, but we need to get the sweep on Saturday.”

Kinsaul, in his third year as head coach of the Eagles, said that the game on Friday will hold a special place in his heart and mind for a long time to come.

“That was one of the best baseball games I have ever seen,” said Kinsaul. “It was just unreal. Neither team quit, and the both wanted to win. It was the game of baseball is all about.”